23 Week Bumpdate

Size of the baby: Papaya – 11.5 inches long and weighs 1.1 pounds....finally over 1 pound!
Biggest baby development: Lungs begin developing
Total weight gain: I didn't weigh myself this week. Until the last few weeks, I felt that my arms, boobs, and thighs were the only places gaining weight and you couldn't tell I was even pregnant.
Gender: ???
Maternity clothes: The good old hair tie around the button trick wasn't cutting it anymore, so I broke down and bought actual maternity jeans. I only have one pair of jeans, which is okay because I will probably have to buy shorts soon. I have a couple maternity tops, but for the most part have bought long, flowy tops from TJ Maxx – perfect for post-pregnancy too!
Movement: Baby has been kicking more each day – usually first thing in the morning and right before bed. It's such an awesome, but strange feeling and sometimes catches me off guard. I have been able to see the baby kick for a couple weeks now, but every time Khanh looked, the baby would stop kicking. Though he hasn't seen any kicks, he was able to feel the baby move the other night!
Sleep: I haven’t been sleeping very well – mainly due to not being comfortable.
Nursery: My Grammie and aunts bought us a crib and is now sitting in the box in the nursery. I've also bought a couple canvases for the walls.
Cravings: Can't get enough green olives and salt & vinegar chips.
Symptoms: I woke up one morning last week with sharp pain in my lower abdomen. I didn't think much of it, but around 10:00am, I finally called my OB/GYN because the pain just wasn't going away. They sent me straight to the hospital to get checked out. After doing a bunch of tests, they think I just strained a muscle and baby is fine. I was so scared when the nurse told me I had to go straight to the hospital that I started crying and made my co-worker call Khanh to let him know because he was in Cincinnati this week.
Khanh is: Excited and loves to talk to the baby and rub my belly.
Looking forward to: Our gender reveal party at the end of the month! Girl or Boy??
Best moments: Seeing the baby and finding out the gender during our last scheduled ultrasound. We also visited my grandpa in the hospital and the first thing he did when I walked into his recovery room was rub my belly with a huge smile on his face. That was such a special moment for me because my grandpa is one of the most important men in my life and I'm so glad he gets to see me pregnant (after all, we all know I am his favorite grandchild!)

Lately, I've Been...

I've never completed a survey for my blog, but I love reading other blogger's survey answers. Survey's are a quick and easy way to get to know more about the author. After reading Julie's blog yesterday with the "Lately, I've Been..." survey, I thought I'd play along and complete my first survey. Prepare yo'self! (Before ya wreck yo'self). Sorry, not sorry.

Lately, I've Been...

Making: our house a home. Painting is mostly done. Hooray! Yard work and organizing seem to be never-ending tasks. Oh, how organization makes me happy.

Cooking: Chicken Alfredo Pasta with Peas. Yummy! I'll post the recipe soon.

Reading: I haven't cracked open many books since graduating last April. When will this change? I hope the answer is soon!

Wanting: a long weekend getaway before Baby Dang comes. Maybe Mackinac Island or Niagara Falls.

Looking: forward to a 3 day weekend, seeing family, and crafting with my friend. *Hi Hannah!*

Playing: with Cooper every night after work.

Wishing: I could sleep better at night and wake up feeling refreshed.

Enjoying: the last few (quiet) months spent with the hubby before baby comes.

Waiting: for our little one to arrive...only 4 more months!

Liking: Mini Twix bars. I bought family pack from Meijer and have been taking a couple to work every day. *No shame*
Needing: ice cream...it's what's for dessert lately.

Wondering: What will Baby Dang look like? Will we be good parents? Just so many things going through my head right now.

Loving: my hubby. He's truly the best husband and I can't thank him enough for all he does. He will do anything from doing the dishes, to mowing, to laundry, to keeping Cooper occupied, to supporting our family with a smile on his face. A day doesn't go by that I don't feel like the luckiest wife in the world. *That's because I am*

Hoping: to get a lot of house work done this weekend. You know, with a housewarming/gender reveal party at the end of the month and all.

Wearing: maternity jeans, maternity shirt, and Toms. This is my usual pregnant mama uniform lately, but I can't wait until it's warm enough here in Michigan to wear dresses and flip flops!
Drinking: Raspberry Lemonade. Lots and lots of water. And the occasional Coke.

Noticing: that bending over is getting harder and harder. Keep growing big and strong in there, baby!

Knowing: my grandpa loves me and is very proud of me. He's been there for me during soccer games, choir concerts, cross country meets, a good laugh, serious talks, cries together, graduations, and lots more. It hurts my heart to see him in the hospital, but it also makes me smile from ear to ear when he tears up and tells me he is proud of who I've become. *Favorite grandchild award*

Thinking:  I'll be pale the rest of my life. There's no denying it.

Feeling: tired. Will this ever go away? Ha!

Bookmarking: all things baby and home on Pinterest.

Opening: box after box.
Pheww! We made it! Now it's your turn. Pick one topic from above and let me know what's been happening in your life lately.